Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dear Editor,

The situation that a group of property owners in Cherokee Village are currently facing is that the land across the road from their homes is CP3 commercial property according to city officials. The C-3 designation means: General Commercial District – For development of a broad range of general sales and service uses. Representatives for these residential property owners are attempting to find records that would show how and when this 8 acres was zoned CP-3. Many property owners are wondering why land across from these lake homes would have ever been zoned commercial, let alone CP-3 commercial.

If it is found that the property has been properly zoned, then we feel that it should be reviewed by the planning and zoning committee to have an ordinance drawn up to assess regulations that would deal with noise, lighting, traffic safety and other issues such as aesthetics. Cherokee Village, as well as most other cities, have bill of assurances and ordinances to protect all property owners, as much as possible, from these issues.

Cherokee Village has minimal regulations governing commercial property and virtually none, it appears, when commercial property developed adjacent to residential property such as the 8 acres across from these nine lake homes. On the other hand, there are many regulations on residential properties which we feel are appropriate to have a safe and aesthetically pleasing community in which to live. Having these appropriate regulations on residential property and then proceed to put a Dollar General box store or possible gas station or even potentially a factory across from these same homes or anyone’s home for that matter, is something no one would want or expect to happen to them.

We feel like the buyers and sellers of this specific piece of property, Dollar General and American Land Company, respectively, have made no effort at all to reach out to the residents directly affected, in an effort to deal with the issues in a manner that everyone could have lived with. As of now, it has been voiced by a Dollar General Representative that every last tree on the two acres will be taken down and there will be nothing to shield the homes from lights noise or other potential impact to residential property. A representative for the home owners also reached out to an American Land Company representative who has the property for sale, and no response was given when asked about leaving some trees, shrubs or fencing as a barrier to protect from noise, lighting from signage and automobiles, or any other undesirable issues.

Some have attempted for years to bring new homes and families into beautiful Cherokee Village. Many of us are here because of the beauty and amenities that Cherokee Village offers. But few will want to come here if they feel like one day they will wake up and find that their nice neighborhood has just been stripped of all its trees and they are now straight across from the new business district without having any voice or input about it.

Dozens of people in the community that we have spoken with have expressed their disbelief in what is going in across from us and all that goes with it. The question is, Who knows what is next? It may be something across from your home. We have no problem with progress as long as it is done in a way that all are treated respectfully, and in a way that would have the home owner’s opinion considered if it were impacting their property. Our hope is that the representatives with the planning and zoning and city council will deal with this issue, keeping all parties in mind, and that the commercial property owners will do the same.

Annie Hilburn

Dave Ewers

Garry Lawrence

Cherokee Village, Ark. residents